DIME Denver caught up with one of our newest students Zane Deluccie, who is studying the Commercial Songwriting degree program.
What is your background in music and education?
My music education started with a guitar class in middle school. Before this, I never really thought about making music, I met my first bandmates in that class and we wrote a couple classic rock songs. Later on, I’d take vocal lessons and some theory classes and have been winging it ever since.
How did you find out about DIME Denver?
I found out about DIME through one of the concerts they put on during the summer before the school’s launch. My friend, Aidan Grapengeter (from Postcards and Little Car) booked us for their gig at DIME. Once I met the staff, I knew that I wanted to be involved with an atmosphere like DIME. We played two more shows at DIME before the summer was over.
What made you choose to apply to study with us?
I’d gone to music school before. Last year, I went to another university and studied Audio Engineering. I sat through classes, did some homework and failed out. It wasn’t too hard, it was just not the program that fit me. After talking to James, he was so confident that I would like their Commercial Songwriting program that I had to believe him. I knew that I wanted to get into the music industry, but I had to find the correct program that would fit my learning style. Lucky for me, the school found me first.
What are your short and/or longer term academic and career goals?
My biggest goal is to be understood. I make music so that I can talk about things that I’d genuinely rather not talk about. With Gestalt, I’m doing just that and it feels effortless. I hope to take what I’m learning at school and apply it in real time. My long term goal, though, is to tour the world (or as much of it as I can) with music that I’ve written. I’ve been on small tours and have met a lot of really great people through music. I don’t want those experiences to stop coming and I plan to push until I get there.
What do you find most rewarding about your studies so far?
The Songwriting classes have me writing more complete songs than I ever have. I’m collaborating with other students, I’m collaborating with living work from other artists, and am cranking out two originals a week. I’ve never had such a success rate. With the feedback I’m getting, I’m also writing the best songs I ever have.
What do you find most challenging about your studies and how do you plan to overcome that challenge?
The most challenging part of DIME so far has been the Public Speaking class. Oddly enough, singing in front of strangers is easier than speaking in front of the same twenty-odd faces I see every day?? To overcome, I just try to handle myself the same way I do during a Gestalt set: laid-back, reposed, and really really cool.
Who are some of your music / industry / entrepreneurial influences?
Zane can be found around town playing with his band Gestalt, in venues such as The Moon Room, Seventh Circle, The Hangars, Lost Lake and Globe Hall. Gestalt’s 6 track EP is our now and is available everywhere now – Listen to LONGBOI now on Bandcamp, Spotify or Apple Music.